Sooyoung voicing her sadness about only getting to sing eight words◊ in "I Got A Boy". "Give me some parts.. Iíll sing well.. I only got 8 words to sing in this song.. I get my hair/makeup done at 5 in the morning just to sing 8 words." Especially sad when you realize that she's probably their best Japanese speaker, yet barely gets to sing at all in their Japanese releases. For example - she sings one word ("Doushite") in "You-Aholic".
A lot of fans were annoyed that the "dance line" was barely used in their first Japanese album, but that seems to have been fixed for their second one.
The recently released music video for "My Oh My" is a pretty good indication of this since not only does Sooyoung sing a fairly substantial part (with only the vocal line singing more) there is a part where only the dance line (Sooyoung, Hyoyeon, Yuri and Yoona) are seen in the video. Yoona and Hyoyeon sing a bit more then normal as well (which is to say, more then one line that they may or may not get to repeat later in the song.)
Hearing that certain members - Jessica, Sooyoung and Sunny became very ill during one tour, and Sunny ended up having to go to the hospital to be injected with an IV drip.
Apparently during the trip for a performance in their earlier days their car got into a minor accident in traffic and they had to RUN to the venue, missing their normal performance slot. If you watch the performance you can hear the exhaustion in their singing (and Sunny's microphone just not working right.) Couple that with a Crowning Moment of Awesome where they go on to win an award, their first Music Bank award ever, their reaction is nothing less then sincere and you want to just cry along with them.
Taeyeon's depression problems. She once joined an SM depression club along with Yoona, and the other girls can't get her to open up to them since Taeyeon doesn't want to bother them.
Taeyeon herself is characterized as someone who doesn't want to rely on others, and she acts as the mom-slash-protector of the group note See Horror Movie Factory, when they visit a supposedly haunted site - after all, she's the one who [perhaps] doesn't believe in ghosts and other supernatural phenomena.
Sunny: I wish Taeyeon would stop [getting wrapped up in her] depression. Iíd like it if you would stop listening to sad music and putting yourself in a corner when you already donít feel good. When youíre feeling down, come to me.
Yoona may seem like a very carefree and laid-back person, but she has her problems too, just like how her mother left her when she was a baby, being a member of the SM depression club, and being the "face" of the group which is both a blessing and a curse to her since this is one of the reasons why she has anti-fans.
Excerpts of their wishes on the TV show "Beatles Code".
Hyoyeon: I don't want anything fancy, I'd just like a vacation. But a vacation which I'm told about beforehand so that I could at least buy my plane tickets cheaper. I would love to go on a family vacation. That's really all I ask for.
Yuri: I would like to live an organized life. As of now, my lifestyle is very hectic. I want to be able to plan my weekends and have fun.
Jessica: I want to be more free in terms of both mental and lifestyle. I want to find true happiness and would like to go on a vacation.
Tiffany: I want SNSD to acheive even more success. It feels like we finished our tour only a few days ago but we were in the midst of working on our 3rd album, it felt like time went by way too fast. Sometimes I think to myself "What did I just do?" or "What am I doing right now?" And in order to acheive bigger success I think we need a little break. That kind of upsets me. If happiness is 100 points I only feel 10 because we're so tired. Of course I'm beyond thankful, but because of fatigue I say "But I'm so tired" and feel like I'm not properly being thankful.
The girls' (and probably other SM artists, if not all K-Pop artists in general) schedule is always full, and judging from fan accounts, the members say that they only get about 1-2 hours of sleep every night because of their hectic schedules. Some of their fans (and anti-fans), however, insist that this is fair treatment since SNSD gets paid with a large sum of money - these statements erases the fine line between so-called "fans" and anti-fans. Seems like a case of dťjŗ vu? A similar case happened with their label-mates TVXQ. Some of TVXQ's members got tired of SM... and the rest is history.
SM has given them vacation time now. Crazy stalker fans may get in the way at times, but SNSD has been doing well.
The treatment of Hyoyeon as compared to the other members. She's called "Hyogre", "Hyoppa", "the ugly one", etc. Then you get photos like this◊...
A quote from someone's post on an SNSD forum sums it up pretty well:
"I wanted to get a message out loud and clear ó you underestimate Hyoyeon and how much of an affect sheís had within the ever expanding, international fandom. You donít treat her as well as the other members, as a fandom/as a whole, and you donít respect her as well as the other members. It is obvious and it is SAD. You donít treat her as well. You just don't. Your philosophy of OT 9, which we as an international fandom learned from YOU ALL and of which we now PREACH, is constantly jaded in my eyes but now I canít ignore that anymore. OT 9 only means something to me if it is directly from SNSDís mouths but if a KSONE has something to say on it, I canít take it seriously anymore. Sones, you are all too much! [...] Itís a big deal because things like this KEEPS ON HAPPENING with her. I recently downloaded a large SNSD picture archive via Moonsoshi9 from a Chinese website. MASSIVE amounts of pics from many events expanding from the very late 2010 to late 2011 ó think of every official fan taken picture released, itís all there. And Iím scanning through these all, looking at the hard work and money that KSONE have spent, at the beautiful women who worked so hard for what they have now. But I keep on returning to the same feelings all Hyohunnies have ó the very few pictures that Hyo gets. I looked in a folder of around 80 pictures and there were only 2 pictures of her while the rest were equally represented. One of which is just her in the side. A bunch of pictures of which she is literally BLOCKED OUT by a BLACK BOX. [...] There is absolutely no EXCUSE."
The crap their Hate Dumb puts them through is awful. Calling them "sluts" and "whores" who are "talentless and plastic" (but hey, if a male idol gets plastic surgery, then he's "SO HOT!"). Antis have been known to mistranslate things (for example, they alleged that Taeyeon said that Alicia Keys "was pretty - for a black woman", when actually she said "black friend is very pretty") and make up outright lies (one notable example being when someone claimed Sooyoung and Sunny were rude and aggressive in an airport - which was proven to have been a complete and utter lie - the accuser wound up changing her story multiple times, and finally deleted her blog). Hell, one anti even wished Sooyoung had died or been paralyzed after her car accident!
It's worth noting a lot of antis are fangirls of male groups who become furious when a female idol so much as looks at their "oppar".